Thursday, September 04, 2014

Volunteer for Vintage Pattern Reproductions!

UPDATE: This pattern has now been reissued as Vogue 9106!

The McCall Pattern Company contacted me about Vogue Special Design S-4305, a vintage pattern that I own. See my post on it here.


I had contacted them a year ago and offered up two patterns for reproduction after reading this post on the blog Pattern-Vault about the author's experience lending a pattern that they had just republished. I sent my email with some pattern images attached in January of 2013 and they just contacted me June 2nd of this year. So if you've also sent them images, hang in there. Hopefully, the delay is because they're getting swamped with excellent submissions!

Another blogger bringing attention to this cause is Lauramae of Lilacs & Lace. She has made up quite a few of the Vintage Vogue patterns in her day. For yet another take on it, check this informative post from the Pattern Junkie in 2010.



I wish I could say the reason I did this was because I'm altruistic and wanted everyone to have a chance at owning this pattern. But no, it was because I had wanted this pattern so much that I bought it even though it wasn't in my size. Therefore, when they reissue it, I will receive a copy that is actually in MY size. Yeah!

So just a reminder to those holding onto awesome vintage patterns from Butterick, McCall's or Vogue that you only take out of their archival sleeves two times a year and dare to pet and/or breathe on for a few precious seconds, perhaps consider packing them up and lending them for a few months to the McCall Pattern Company for reproduction. Especially, if you have any of the ones requiring inside corsets, intricate boning, wildly-shaped pattern pieces and luxurious draped fabric, all those great design details that don't show up that often in modern pattern design (not even in indie patterns). We need those touches of imagination to spur on our own creative sparks.

Please think of us sewists out there trolling eBay dreaming of the vintage patterns going for $100 and up. Some (most) of those prices are ridiculous and those prices drop as soon as Vogue reissues one of those patterns so...
Here are a few I would love to see in my size:

Vogue 5486

McCall's 4331

Vogue 9803

McCall's 7208

McCall's 5883

Do you have any of these and are you willing to lend them to the cause?

All you have to do is email images of the patterns to the McCall Pattern Company in care of leslies@mccallpattern.com If your pattern is selected, they will then contact you about sending the paper pattern to their offices.

10 comments:

Amy said...

I have Vogue 5486 in a 34 bust! Got it at a flea market. I started sewing it but didn't like how it was turning out and it's probably a permanent UFO. Looooooove that mccalls 7208. I wonder if I can find it on Etsy!

Kyle said...

That is pretty exciting!!

Catherine Daze said...

Loving the darts on that last one. I'm glad the vintage reissues aren't going away. I just wish wish wish they'd do some 70s ones too.

Anonymous said...

Love your pics, and second that comment on wanting more from the seventies...
Mary in Thailand

foxflat said...

7208 is beautiful, I'd totally make it. Had no idea the pattern companies solicit vintages, how cool!

Nettie said...

I don't own any of these lovelies, BUT, I did send this one to Vogue about a month ago!!
https://www.flickr.com/photos/lulu_c/6204928245/in/set-72157627679411351

Mugsy's in Stitches said...

Wow, never knew that could be done! Certainly will be going through my patterns and asking if they're interested. I must admit, there's lots of lovely dresses and tops from the 1920s and 1930s that could translate well into todays fashions I'd love to see...
So happy to hear they're using one of yours from your collection!! :)

Take care and be well...

Summer Flies said...

I love the last two... I didn't know they did this.This has been a very interesting post.

Ladan Ladanu said...

With so much digital reproduction and all that surely they should be CHURNING OUT vintage patterns? Anyway I am so thrilled to get a nice girly Vogue pattern. This has all the great details you want from Vogue but a less formal feel than their other offers. A real winner! I do have one or two very pleasing dresses they may consider. I am going out to look for this pattern soon as the catalogue comes out!

McCall Pattern said...

We're so happy you reached out to us!